Chess in 1772
by Bill Wall, 2021

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In 1772, Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1819) was born. He was the first professional to teach chess in England and was the best player in England in the early 1800s.

In 1772, English historian William visited Moscow and saw chess everywhere he went, including 4-handed chess. This is the first reference to 4-handed chess.

In 1772, a portrait was made of Philidor by Augustin de Saint-Aubin (1736-1807).

In 1772, Philidor returned to London and played chess in the coffee houses. He found Slaughter's coffee house deserted of chess players and found the Salopian coffee-house the new headquarters of the London players. [source: Murray, A History of Chess , 1913, p. 863]

In 1772, Parsloe's, a chess club in London, was founded. It closed in 1825.

On August 15, 1772, Johannn Nepomuk Maelzel (1772-1838) was born in Ratisbon, Bavaria. He later bought the automaton chess player, The Turk, from Wolfgang von Kempelen.

In 1772, Sir William Jones (1746-1794), published his poems at Oxford, including Caissa, which Jones first wrote in 1763.

In 1772, Jean Huber painted a picture of Voltaire playing chess with Father Adam.

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